4th International Mars Society Convention Call For Papers

Press Release From: Mars Society
Posted: Monday, February 26, 2001

Presentations for the convention are invited dealing with all matters (science, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.) associated with the exploration and settlement of Mars. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent by June 15th, 2001 to: The Mars Society, P.O. Box 273, Indian Hills 80454, or sent via email to: (email submission preferred)

FYI: Registration is now open for the 4th International Mars Society Convention, to be held August 23-26, 2001 at Stanford University, Stanford, California

The Mars Society was founded to further the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet. The International Mars Society convention presents a unique opportunity for those interested in Mars to come together and discuss technology, science, social implications, philosophy and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration.

Highlights of the convention will include reports from the second field season of the Devon Island Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station; status reports from the Analog Rover teams; panels and debates concerning key issues bearing on Mars exploration and settlement; and keynote addresses from many prominent leaders of the effort to get humans to Mars.

Prior conventions have drawn thousands of participants from all over the world and received extensive press coverage in many of the leading international media. The Stanford location blends a beautiful campus with a leading-edge innovative community in the San Francisco Bay area. This yearís conference should be the most exciting event to date.

Possible Conference Sessions:

  • 1. The Search for Life on Mars
  • 2. The latest findings from Global Surveyor
  • 3. Plans for the Mars Missions of 2001 and 2003
  • 4. The cross contamination threat - myth or reality?
  • 5. Concepts for Future Robotic Mars missions
  • 6. Piloted Missions to Mars
  • 7. Advanced Propulsion
  • 8. Launch Vehicles for Mars Exploration
  • 9. Long Range Mobility on Mars
  • 10. Life Support technology
  • 11. Biomedical issues in Mars Exploration
  • 12. Options for Producing power on Mars
  • 13. Methods of Martian Construction
  • 14. In Situ Resource Utilization
  • 15. Water on Mars - accessing the hydrosphere
  • 16. Concepts for a Permanent Mars Base
  • 17. Colonizing Mars
  • 18. Terraforming - Creating an ecology for Mars
  • 19. Analog studies relating to Mars Exploration
  • 20. The Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station
  • 21. The Mars Analog Rover project
  • 22. Human factors impacting a mission
  • 23. Engineering for acceptable risk
  • 24. The value of Mars exploration to the Earth
  • 25. Public policy and Mars Exploration
  • 26. Concepts for Privately Funded Mars Missions
  • 27. International Cooperation in Mars exploration
  • 28. Law and Governance for Mars
  • 29. Social Systems for Mars
  • 30. The Significance of the Martian Frontier
  • 31. Philosophical Implications of Mars Exploration
  • 32. Mars and Education
  • 33. Mars and the Arts
  • 34. Outreach Strategy for the Mars Society
  • 35. Proposed Projects for the Mars Society
  • 36. Martian Calendars and Timekeeping Systems
For updates stay check the convention web site:

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